ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth are reportedly showing an interest in signing Dorking Wanderers winger Matt Briggs.

According to the Surrey Mirror, the trio of clubs have sent scouts to watch the former Gateshead and Dunston UTS player.matt20briggs-small
Dorking Wanderers chairman and manager Marc White confirmed reports that Pompey were the latest club believed to be showing an interest in Briggs. 

He told surreymirror.co.uk: “The interest in Briggs has been constant for the last four months and it’s become very competitive.

“Portsmouth is a club that ticks the boxes for Matt, as far as the history of the club, the amazing fanbase, the geographical location and also Paul Cook’s history of giving Non-League players a chance.

“Personally, I’ve also heard very good things about Paul Cook and the set up at Portsmouth but Dorking Wanderers are yet to have official discussions with Portsmouth about Briggs, but no doubt we will soon.”

Briggs has also been watched by Premier League duo Crystal Palace and Stoke City.

A graduate of the Wallsend Boys Club that produced the likes of Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley and Michael Carrick, Briggs began his career with Vanarama National League club Gateshead, playing for the Tynesiders’ reserves.

He left the International Stadium to join EBAC Northern League club Dunston UTS, before moving down south to join Dorking Wanderers in September 2015.

At the time Wanderers boss Marc White said “

“He is a cracking player,” said White.

“He is only 19, but he has an impressive track record having come from the famous Wallsend Boys Club.

“He was at Gateshead last year and has had trials at Blackburn, and as a goalscoring central midfielder, he will be a good addition for us”.

Briggs is set to return to the Wanderers squad as they continue their Ryman League South promotion push with a visit to Cray Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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